Pranav Kothari is the Founder & CEO of Revolution Impact, LLC. Founded in 2016 and headquartered in Chicago, the firm focuses on helping social sector organizations improve their results through better business practices and organizational strategies. The firm’s projects include growth and scale strategy, evaluation and measurement, and capacity-building for social sector leaders nationally.
Pranav also serves as Adjunct Lecturer of Social Enterprise at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, teaching both MBA and executive education courses on the education sector, social sector performance measurement, and board governance. He speaks nationally on measuring social impact, education data, education philanthropy, and nonprofit effectiveness.
Prior to founding Revolution Impact, Pranav served as Vice President, Strategy & Innovation for KnowledgeWorks, where he oversaw business strategy for StriveTogether, EDWorks, and StrivePartnership. From 2013 – 2015, Kothari served as Senior Director, Innovation for StriveTogether where he led development of new strategies and partnerships to support Cradle to Career Network members and as well financial and business planning for the growing, national organization.
Previously, Pranav co-founded and served as Managing Director of Mission Measurement. He advised leading funders, educational organizations, and nonprofit organizations on measurement and program strategy. While at Mission Measurement, his clients included Carnegie Corporation of New York, Cristo Rey Network, Education Pioneers, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Lynch Leadership Academy, School Leaders Network, USA Funds, and Vulcan Productions.
Prior to Mission Measurement, Pranav served as a Program Director at KnowledgeWorks focused on college access and success as well as growth initiatives and previously held market research and product development positions with Student Loan Funding and ACNielsen BASES.
He holds an A.B. in Economics from Washington University in St. Louis and an MBA in Corporate Strategy and Organizational Behavior from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. Pranav is immediate past board president of the National College Access Network and is a member of the UChicago Consortium on School Research Steering Committee.
Pranav lives in Chicago, IL with his wife, Harpreet Khera, and is a native of Pittsburgh, PA.
**This course was formerly known as KPPI-454-A**
The education sector is a critical component of our society, and significant energy has been directed at education reform in recent years. This is a course about the economic, social, historical and technological forces that shape the education sector. One goal of the course is to understand the implications for new value creation emerging from the confluence of these forces. Consequently, this course will be particularly helpful to students with interest in educational entrepreneurship. A second goal is to provide an introduction to the key issues facing the sector for students interested in engaging with education reform in a variety of ways - from volunteering in the field to running for an elected board membership of a school district.